Dogs are more than pets. With training they save lives by being “Rescue Dogs”

Most of us know little about the extensive role these canines perform to save folks.

We have a Yorkie who could probably bring a Band-Aid to an injured hiker. YOSAR – Yosemite’s Search and Rescue team uses big dogs … they call them YoDogs.

I wanted to share information provided by Jenny Holt, an advocate for the pups. She provided the following info to help enlighten us on these four-legged friends.  Enjoy this guest blog.

THE WORK OF RESCUE DOGS

Dogs have superior vision, advanced hearing and an incredible sense of smell that is roughly 100 times more powerful than our own. These three factors mean that they’re the perfect candidates to lead search and rescue teams in all kinds of disasters.

Unique Skills

Whether it be natural disasters such as mountain slides in the Himalayas, or man-made catastrophes such as building collapses in New York, dogs are able to assist. They can cover large areas quicker than a human search party, can climb rubble without disturbing it and can even track a victim’s scent through the 40,000 dead skin cells we emit every minute. In fact, it’s estimated that one dog can do the work of thirty humans. A dog’s efficiency doesn’t even depend on whether it’s day or night! Unlike their human counterparts, dogs see well in the dark. In fact, sounds carry better at night which means that they’re more likely to be able to locate a victim by what they hear.

Rescue dogs

Rescue dogs to the rescue!

Photo:  Credit and to learn more:  http://www.particularpaws.com/blogs/news/5-amazing-rescue-dogs/

YoDogs

Whether it’s natural disasters such as mountain slides in the Himalayas, or manmade catastrophes such as building collapses in New York, dogs are able to assist. They can cover large areas quicker than a human search party, can climb rubble without disturbing it and can even track a victim’s scent through the 40,000 dead skin cells we emit every minute. In fact, it’s estimated that one dog can do the work of thirty humans. A dog’s efficiency doesn’t even depend on whether it’s day or night! Unlike their human counterparts, dogs see well in the dark. In fact, sounds carry better at night which means that they’re more likely to be able to locate a victim by what they hear.

Remarkable, aren’t they? 

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: ” Who let the dogs out? Who, who, who, who?”
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About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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